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Kurigram District Hospital

17 physicians for 170,000 people

Tarik Hasan Shahriar     22 September, 2017 12:00 AM printer

People living in northern part of the country are being subjected to deprivation, as they can’t receive adequate healthcare services due to an acute shortage of physicians.


Most patients suffering from various diseases or who need emergency treatment are returning from Kurigram District Hospital empty-handed, as all kinds of doctors are not available there.


Around 17 lakh people live in Kurigram and they are being deprived of gynecological, surgical and internal medicine treatment for a long period of time, civil surgeon office sources at Kurigram said.


According to sources of directorate of health services, only 17 physicians are working for the 250-bed Kurigram District Hospital as against 65 posts and these 17 physicians are working for around 17 lakh people.


The 100-bed hospital was converted into 250-bed hospital in 2013 and the hospital now requires 65 doctors.


Operating theater remains almost stopped due to a lack of anaesthetists. Medical officers who have a bit of knowledge of anaesthesia are sometimes conducting this critical task on an emergency basis which is alarming and poses a serious threat, sources at civil surgeon office said.


Talking to daily sun over phone, Kurigram Civil Surgeon Dr SM Aminul Islam said they are faced with serious problems because of dearth of physicians and fourth-class employees.


“I have written to the Director General of Directorate of Health Services to appoint more doctors and fourth-class employees so that patients can get emergency services,” he said. He expressed the hope that they will find a solution soon.


When contacted, Director General of Directorate of Health Services Dr Abul Kalam Azad told daily sun they will post one anesthetist, one gynecologist and one surgeon to each district hospital for proper medical surgery. “We have shortage of doctors and acute shortage of anesthetists in the country,” he added.  


Talking about this issue, State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque acknowledged that the country is witnessing shortage of doctors and fourth-class employee.


“So, we are going to recruit 10,000 doctors for the welfare of people in phases. And the process for recruiting 40,000 fourth-class employees is underway,” he said.


“Within three months the recruitment process will start. When all recruitment will be complete, the crisis of doctors and fourth-class employees will be solved,” he added.e